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YouTube – The British called – They want their guns back

via Ace, who adds:

The dramatic spike in violent crimes in Britain since enaction of their gun ban has gotten very little press coverage here in the US. Very strange, for such a gun loving nation as ours. You’d almost think the major press was at odds with public sentiment.
It takes a lot of built up trouble before conservatives stage protests. We just don’t do it unless we’re pushed to the wall.
We’re not so good with papier-mache and public tantrums.

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Look, President Obama is in office now, and I’m fine with that. That’s what America wanted.

But, well, some of his more fanatical supporters freak me out. Including this crowd of  celebrities and psuedo-celebs preaching of their newfound zeal to Serve Man:

So, yes, that video is just plain creepy. This year’s hot new celebrity fashion trend will be hooded robes in lovely Lawgiver brown.

Iowahawk’s annotated version is much more entertaining:

Can’t quite place her, but think I maybe saw her on a cosmetics commercial once: [intense glare] to LOVE more.

Black Eyed Peas guy: I pledge.

Evita Lopez or Chiquita Gonzalez or something like that: To help children battle with serious illnesses — by standing here on the far right side of the frame.

Beats the hell outta me: Or here, on the left side of the frame.

Cameron Diaz: Me plemdge.

Nicole Richie: To give up food all together.

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Some thoughts on the inauguration from the bottomless pit of self-pity and entitlement that is the far-left (emphasis mine):

Firedoglake » Worst. Inauguration. Ever.
And then, shear, crushing disappointment descends over the crowd. Unlike the smiles on all the faces you walked by on, say, election night, or in the metro last night, this crowd had to summon up all they had left after multiple hours in the cold to give a tepid ovation to the inauguration of a new president.

I know because this was how I felt. And then I felt selfish for feeling that way. But the disappointment, amplified by the cold, and the overall expenditure of energy over not just this election cycle, but the eight years of Bush misrule, really made it hard not to feel utterly crestfallen

In an unprecidented move for which he took a lot of heat, Bush approved FEMA emergency funding to make sure that President Obama’s Inauguration was better run and safer than any in history. But when the people running the show can’t manage the logistics, fail to communicate, and generally screw things up for all those people, who’s fault is it? George W. Bush, of course.

I do feel bad, on a personal level, for people who came across country to attend and had such a frustrating experience.  Given a huge, hyper-secure, and incredibly complex event like this there are going to be glitches even  under the best of circumstances. With the local DC folks and the Feds in charge you know there are going to be serious SNAFUs, especially in places where there are no embarassing TV cameras pointed.

Perhaps these disappointed folks will take this as a lesson: The government can’t plan away all the problems of the world, and the government cannot and does not care about anyone’s individual happiness. Not even with Obama in charge.

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YouTube – Tom Turkey and Daffy – 1944

And helpful guide to preparing your turkey, the Swedish way!

You know what would be a great dessert with that? Chocolate mousse.

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As I write this, it seems certain that our next President-Elect is Barack Obama. Assuming that’s the case, he has my sincere congratulations. I’m sure I’ll disagree, often vigorously, but I will stand behind him as I would any President. I’ll pray that God gives him the wisdom and courage to make the right decisions for our country.

And he’ll be my President too. I’m not going to act like a whiny baby (aka a Democrat, circa 2000) and stamp my feet and cry. Republicans have to re-engage, not withdraw and take cheap shots. I’m sure I’ll give into temptation now and then, but I won’t make a habit of it.  A weak President is bad for all of us, no matter what side of the fence we’re on, and I will not work to weaken any President this country elects.

McCain made a strong showing against nearly impossible odds and has nothing to be ashamed of. Palin will go far. We Republicans have another shot at it in 2012, and maybe the nation will be more receptive after a few years of one-party rule. With some luck the alliances we’ve formed with the PUMA faction of the Democratic party will be helpful in moderating the Democrats.

As for Mr. Obama, he’s wanted this for his entire adult life. He’s spent his entire career running a sprint to become President. Now his determination and formidable political skills have achieved it. But in the process he’s raised the expectations of his followers far beyond anything he can realistically achieve, and he’s made a lot of promises that he just can’t keep. As a wise man once said, he may find that the having is not so pleasing a thing as the wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.

What I’m most unhappy about is the lengths to which the media went to control the flow of information in this election. In Obama’s favor, of course. I’m very worried about having a media who’s comfortable in any President’s back pocket. We’ll see how that works out.

Anyway, it’s time for bed. Here are some closing thoughts with which I agree:

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The financial rescue/bailout bill has now passed the House and the Senate. There was no choice – the alternative would’ve been much worse – but this whole mess did not need to happen. This web advertisement does a very good job of exposing who is most responsible for the years of horrible policies that put us in this position.

YouTube – What Just Happened?

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I think McCain definitely won this one. It’s probably overstating things to say that Obama “imploded“, but he did say some things that I think he’ll regret when they’re rightfully pointed out by the McCain campaign. (I’m sure that some parts of his base are not happy to hear his backhanded admission that we’re winning in Iraq or his “support” for nuclear power.)

McCain did very well on the initial economic questions. He was forceful and clear about the need for bipartisan reform, tax relief, and serious spending cuts (including wasteful military programs). By comparison, every time Obama was asked about what he would cut he responded by blaming Bush (he should remember that Bush is not running) and promising even more spending.

What struck me me most was how shallow Obama’s foreign policy answers actually seemed compared to McCain’s. McCain’s a walking encyclopedia on every international hot-spot of the last 25 years. Obama skimmed through the Democratic Party Cliff Notes edition.

It’s also becoming clear that Obama cannot admit when he is wrong about anything. Not Iraq, not the surge, not “no preconditions” with Iran, not his initial criticism of Georgia defending itself against Russian invasion. Obama did, however, spend a whole lot of time pointing out all the times McCain was right. 🙂

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Opinion seems mixed on McCain’s decision to temporarily suspend his campaign and return to DC. I think McCain’s critics are missing the point.

In light of the most recent news, with Obama joining him in DC, I think McCain was angling for pretty much the result we just got, though it was quite a gamble. Despite their initial burst of bipartisan panic, the Democrats, in their position of control, have done nothing but hang back and wait for some political advantage to use against the Republicans. I think the Democrats did, in fact, want to force McCain to publicly approve or reject the plan so they’d be able to use the bailout as a political weapon. They might have even rejected it entirely if they thought it’d win the election. I think McCain saw this as playing brinksmanship with the economy, and decided that drastic action needed to be taken to break the deadlock before momentum was lost and the economy suffered.

So McCain makes his dramatic announcement and persuades Bush call Obama back to DC. Obama stuck with goin on record at the same time as McCain, and they’re now bound to get something done despite the reluctance of their respective party leaders. Both parties now have symbolic cover for whatever blame/credit there is to go around. And a bailout plan of some sort gets passed, which is what McCain really cares about.

I wrote the above as a comment on this post over at The Anchoress. As I typed it (I’m slow) the Anchoress posted this important update which makes me think that I am on the right track:

Bush speech on bailout; URGENT UPDATE | The Anchoress

I suspect that is exactly correct. Paulson’s not just making up scary stories to frighten us. The rest of the world is getting spooked, and things are much, much closer to real disaster than we know. When the history books are written this may be the economic equivalent of the Cuban Missile Crisis – days away from a terrible fate and the country never even knew. In other words, this isn’t just another campaign issue and can’t be analyzed as such. It’s a national security issue, and McCain does not screw around when it comes to national security. I think he’d gladly sacrifice his campaign if he thought it would save the country. Let’s hope he didn’t have to.

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Remember


Remember

Originally uploaded by bcostin

A photo from NASA showing smoke and dust billowing from Ground Zero. And some appropriate words from James Lileks:

“The world will not end. It will roll around in its orbit until Sol expires of famine or indigestion. In the end we’re all ash anyway – but even as ash, we matter. The picture at the top of this page is a sliver taken from a 9/11 camera feed. It’s the cloud that rolled through lower Manhatttan when the towers fell. Paper, steel, furniture, plastic, people. The man who took the picture inhaled the dust of the dead. Somewhere lodged in the lung of a New Yorker is an atom that once belonged to a man who went to work two years ago and never came back. His widow dreads today, because people will be coming and calling, and she’ll have to insist that she’s okay. It’s hard but last year was harder. The kids will be sad and distant, but they take their cues from her, and they sense that it’s hard – but that last year was harder. But what really kills her, really really kills her, is knowing that the youngest one doesn’t remember daddy at all anymore. And she’s the one who has his eyes.”

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via Instapundit

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The Honor and Remember Flag

I understand the symbolism they’re invoking. But doesn’t it look like the folded flag is being set on fire? Am I the only one who thought that? Yes, I know burning is the proper way to dispose of an old or damaged flag, but that’s not appropriate for a memorial flag, so I don’t think that’s what they want to convey.

The design details aside, I don’t think it’s correct for them to say that it “should fly from every flagpole in America”. Folks who proudly fly Old Glory but do not fly this new flag would, by implication, be conveying dishonor. That the Stars & Stripes flying alone on a flagpole might be seen as insufficient does not sit well with me.

Symbols of military pride and sacrifice (like the old Blue Star Service Flag, Gold Stars, and armed forces flags) are correct and proper. But the the Stars & Stripes have served as the national symbol of honor and remembrance since the country’s founding. When you honor the country, you honor those fallen in its service. In my opinion, separating these two concepts by implying that each somehow needs its own specific symbol will only dilute the meaning of both.

via The Corner

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